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Lichfield students celebrate athletics success

Liam Spain, Alex Blackham, Jodie Phillips and Keira McCormick

Liam Spain, Alex Blackham, Jodie Phillips and Keira McCormick

Students at a Lichfield school have emulated their Olympic sporting heroes by winning three gold medals in a single day.

After the exploits of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford in last summer’s games, where the three all won gold within hours of each other on a day dubbed ‘Golden Saturday’, pupils from Maple Hayes Dyslexia School replicated this feat at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) National Championships.

Students Liam Spain, Jodie Phillips, both 12, finished first in the shot put and 4x100m relay respectively, whilst Keira McCormick, 11, won gold in the ball throw and silver in the shot put.

The school was also represented by a fourth pupil at the championships, with Alex Blackham finishing seventh in the 1500m race with a time of 5:06:4.

Dr Daryl Brown, headmaster at Maple Hayes, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for such a small school.

“We have 120 pupils, so for four of them to represent us at national championships is remarkable. That alone would be something to be proud of, but for three of them to win gold medals is truly brilliant.

“These achievements show why games and physical education is so important to a child’s education and shows how beneficial is it to their general health.”

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